Our Story

Aurai brings you elevated, every occasion swimwear.

Designed in New Zealand, handcrafted in Brazil from the finest biodegradable and recycled materials.

We hold a deep respect for nature at the center of everything we do.

Created by owner Lydia Lawrence. 


Born from a desire to find swimwear that ticked more than just one box, our collections will close the gap between harmful "throw away" swimwear and high end luxury "one off" swimwear. We are based in Auckland, New Zealand, while the manufacturing of our collections is carefully handmade at a small family-owned atelier in southern Brazil, where our materials are locally sourced.

Our materials include ECONYL®, a revolutionary polyamide fibre made from 100% regenerated material, pre and post-consumer nylon waste such as nylon plastic scraps, old carpets and fish nets that litter our oceans. From our SS19 collection, we also introduced AMNI SOUL ECO®, made from a polyamide with an improved formulation that accelerates biodegradation in the anaerobic environment, common in most landfills. AMNI SOUL ECO® is a yarn developed and produced in Brazil. Both fabrics are OEKO TEX certified.


At Aurai, we understand that it takes small visionaries

and independently owned brands to blaze the trail of

sustainable and responsible fashion. Since its beginning,

AURAI has worked to raise the importance of better practices

in fashion, supporting craftsmanship and fair trade businesses

and local sourcing of materials. Read more HERE.